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July 24, 2010 7:58 AM   Subscribe

Dream Voices: Siegfried Sassoon, Memory and War: artifacts, manuscripts, and illustrations from the diaries and notebooks of the World War I poet, currently on display at Cambridge University Library (exhibition blog), with an accompanying Picasa gallery, and audio slideshow from the BBC.
posted by steef (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This is wonderful!
posted by serazin at 8:43 AM on July 24, 2010

Sassoon's poetry is easily googled, for anyone who hasn't had a chance to read him yet. I only learned about him recently, through reading Goodby to all That, and I think it's worth mentioning that as well as becoming a powerful anti-war poet, he was a socialist and queer, and an all-around fascinating character.
posted by serazin at 9:06 AM on July 24, 2010

How versatile, he was a hair stylist and a poet!
posted by Omon Ra at 10:04 AM on July 24, 2010

Ummm, that comment was supposed to have a borat tag...
posted by Omon Ra at 10:08 AM on July 24, 2010

(obligatory hipster reference) the lyrics to Electrelane's "The Valleys" were mainly from Sassoon's "A Letter Home"
posted by camdan at 10:38 AM on July 24, 2010

First I had ever heard of him. Thanks for the introduction steef :)
posted by puny human at 2:25 PM on July 24, 2010

This is fascinating, thanks - he was a much more prolific doodler than I'd ever considered!
posted by Coobeastie at 5:45 AM on July 25, 2010

Cambridge has posted video from the panel discussion at the "Dream Voices" exhibit opening: Max Egremont speaks on Sassoon's life and continuing significance as a writer; Santanu Das explores Sassoon's responses to the death of his friend David Thomas in 1916; and Tim Kendall discusses Sassoon's poem, "The Kiss".
posted by steef at 10:25 AM on July 29, 2010

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